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Official: Barcelona announce the signing of Andreas Christensen on a free transfer



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Barcelona have announced their second major signing ahead of the new season, in the form of Andreas Christensen.

The Chelsea defender’s arrival at Camp Nou had been an open secret for a while now, with the player penning personal terms with a club a few months ago, shortly after deciding to run down his contract at Stamford Bridge.

Christensen has signed a four-year contract at Barcelona, with a release clause of €500 million. He will be presented as a Barcelona player on Thursday, at the Tito Vilanova training ground.

The announcement of Christensen’s arrival comes just hours after Barcelona officiated the transfer of another free transfer in Franck Kessie. The Ivorian has also signed a four-year contract at Camp Nou and the two will play a vital role in the club’s success in the years to come.

Christensen is coming on the back of a fruitful spell at Chelsea that saw him lift the UEFA Champions League last year. He has an FA Cup and a UEFA Europa League title to his name as well, with Xavi hoping he can offer the winning mentality to his Barcelona setup.

In addition to his pedigree to win, the Danish international offers an abundance of experience at the highest level of football. He had appeared in 160 competitive matches for Chelsea and had even plied his trade in the Bundesliga briefly, with Borussia Monchengladbach.

Tactically, the former Gladbach starlet is lauded for his technical ability and positional awareness. He should offer the grace to Ronald Araujo’s grit at the heart of the Barça backline next season.

Christensen’s arrival at the club should also lead to the exit of Samuel Umtiti, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Rennes.

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